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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 12/2011

18 Great Ideas From 2011 That Can Shape 2012

| Posted 12.01.2011 | Technology

On behalf of The Huffington Post and TED, we are delighted to invite you on a year-end journey of ideas that can help shape the world in 2012. Starting today, we will be counting down 18 of 2011's most impactful TEDTalks.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 12.04.2011 | Politics

This week, as police shut down the Occupy encampment in Los Angeles, a trio of stories fortified the movement's fundamental argument about the two-tiered nature of our democracy. First up was a report on how, in July 2008, then-Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson gave a group of Wall Street cronies inside information on the rescue of Fannie and Freddie. Then came word that, in the midst of the financial meltdown, the Fed had secretly loaned banks $7.7 trillion with absolutely no strings attached -- loans the banks used to turn a $13 billion profit (while foreclosures escalated and small businesses struggled to get loans). Finally, heroic Judge Jed Rakoff's rejection of a sweetheart fraud settlement the SEC had gift-wrapped for Citigroup turned a spotlight on how the public interest is routinely sacrificed on the altar of expediency, and how the lack of accountability makes it much more likely that the wrongdoers will do wrong again and again without paying a real price.

GOP Is Now a Three-Man Race: Romney vs. Gingrich vs. Gingrich

| Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics

Whereas Romney tries to reconcile his flip-flops with lawyerly logic, Gingrich has the ability to seemingly believe each of his contradictory positions with absolute conviction. And for better or worse -- usually worse -- the natural selection of our political process favors that trait.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 12.11.2011 | Politics

It was an up and down week for President Obama. His speech in Osawatomie, Kan. was an up, as he correctly identified the ways our political and economic system are rigged against the middle class as "the defining issue of our time." It would have been much, much better though if the speech had been given two years ago. On the other hand, his politically motivated cave-in on the Plan B morning-after pill was definitely a down (made worse by his claim that HHS Secretary Sebelius was the ultimate decider on this one). Memo to the president: the people who want to deny teens access to birth control are never going to support you -- no matter how many reproductive rights or cabinet members you throw under the bus. Finally, Obama had the quote of the week when, in response to GOP claims that his foreign policy is based on "appeasement," he replied: "Ask Osama bin Laden... whether I engage in appeasement."

Put Down the Remote: Announcing the Launch of HuffPost TV

| Posted 12.14.2011 | TV

I'm happy to announce a new addition to our cultural coverage: the launch of HuffPost TV -- exclusive interviews and clips, reviews and recaps, the stories behind the scenes of your favorite shows, and TV listings along with HuffPost's powerful blog and community platforms.

On Obama, Teddy Roosevelt, And The Not-So-Fierce Urgency Of Maybe Next Term

| Posted 12.17.2011 | Politics

During the campaign, Obama was fond of quoting Martin Luther King Jr.'s "the fierce urgency of now." But now, according to his 60 Minutes interview, we're supposed to wait for the fierce urgency of two or three more presidents?

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 12.18.2011 | Politics

This week, the Pentagon marked the official end to the war in Iraq with a brief ceremony in a secure part of the Baghdad airport -- helicopters hovering protectively overhead. Although Defense Secretary Leon Panetta later declared that the cost paid by America was "worth it," a look at the price tag offers a more sobering assessment: 4,487 U.S. military personnel killed, over 2,000 U.S. government contractors killed, over 40,000 American troops wounded, over 100,000 Iraqis killed, at least 2 million Iraqis displaced from their homes, and a final tab that could ultimately reach $4 trillion doled out by U.S. taxpayers (a far cry from the $50 billion to $80 billion the Defense Department originally predicted it would cost). And beyond the cost in lives and treasure are the less quantifiable costs we'll be paying for years to come, including the strengthening of Iran and the weakening of America's moral standing in the world.

HuffPost's Latest e-Book: Beyond the Battlefield: The War Goes on for the Severely Wounded

| Posted 12.19.2011 | Books

Through his portraits of wounded soldiers, their loved ones and their caretakers, and through his portrayals of the dangerous conditions in which they serve and the trying world to which they return, David Wood has crafted an immensely valuable mosaic of a vital segment of American life.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 12.25.2011 | Huffington Post

Merry Christmas, HuffPosters! We have a special gift for you tucked under our Featured Blog Posts tree: a line-up of holiday-inspired offerings. As for me, I'm spending this grace-filled day with my daughters, my sister, and my ex-husband (see our Divorce section for advice on co-parenting during the holidays!). And I am spending much more time today on our Impact section, celebrating those committed to making things better, than on our Politics section, fuming over those whose endless partisan bickering is making things worse. Among the blessings I'm most grateful for today is our HuffPost community -- our team, our bloggers, our commenters, and all of our readers -- which has been an incredible gift. Not a return or re-gift in the bunch!

2011: The Year the Power Went Off in Washington

| Posted 12.26.2011 | Politics

Again and again in 2011, as the country sat mired in crises and the long-term effects of joblessness, declining wages, and downward mobility, the response by the governing class could not have been more disproportionate to the problems.